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  • Rahul da Cunha: He ziggied while others zagged

    Rahul da Cunha: He ziggied while others zagged

    There’s something tragically romantic about the passing away of rock and roll stars. They rarely seem to die of natural causes

  • Rahul da Cunha: Intriguing India!

    Rahul da Cunha: Intriguing India!

    So, as we launch into 2016, two areas of our existence intrigue me:

  • Rahul da Cunha Column: Non-Resident Irritating Indian

    Rahul da Cunha Column: Non-Resident Irritating Indian

    And, I'm watching the fireworks over Kowloon bay, Hong Kong. My first New Year away from an India, where there are 'phatakas' every day.

  • Rahul da Cunha Column: Weekly Top Ten Hits

    Rahul da Cunha Column: Weekly Top Ten Hits

    We are a 'gaana' obsessed nation. R & B, Ragas, Bhangra, rock and roll, reggae, remixes, RD Burman, Bappi Lahiri, Mohammed Rafi, Mika Singh, retro.

  • Rahul da Cunha Column: Acquit India Movement

    Rahul da Cunha Column: Acquit India Movement

    I find myself thinking much about the law this fortnight. Partly because I’ve myself been in and out of law courts. I mean what the British system left us, ‘Justice will be served’, can in turn fascinate and infuriate one

  • Rahul da Cunha Column: Chennai Super Queen and Rajkot Dhoklas

    Rahul da Cunha Column: Chennai Super Queen and Rajkot Dhoklas

    So Chennai limps back to normalcy. Like in most Indian calamities, it’s the Army and the aam aadmi who’ve done the heavy lifting

  • Rahul da Cunha Column: Popcorn patriotism

    Rahul da Cunha Column: Popcorn patriotism

    And as the year is winding down, I feel a sharp nip in the air — in contrast to the warmth exhibited in the new-found Narendra/Nawaz bromance, in the lobby of a Paris hotel...

  • Rahul da Cunha Column: Boggles the Emoji-nation!

    Rahul da Cunha Column: Boggles the Emoji-nation!

    Ever since emojis have made it to the Oxford dictionary, I’m obsessed with these 'face with tears of joy'

  • Je Suis Indian?

    Je Suis Indian?

    This has been a strange week. Many incidents have involved Indo-foreign relations. Some hilarious and some horrific.

  • Santa, Banta & Bihar!

    Santa, Banta & Bihar!

    It’s been a horrendous year, ending with the Paris tragedy — and so, this Diwali, while firecrackers lit up the sky (ours, not Pakistan’s), I wished for the following things

  • Why so silent?

    Why so silent?

    Hindi movies are deafening. It isn't just the films themselves. You can't put a TV set on without one of our cine stars selling/telling/endorsing one brand or other.

  • Horrorcaust

    Horrorcaust

    So what’s your view about the right wingers,” I ask Yohann, my 19-year-old godson

  • I'm Going Stark Ravan Mad

    I'm Going Stark Ravan Mad

    I feel like Ravana. No, no, I don’t want to be India’s most hated villain (second to Nawaz Sharif). I don’t wish to take on Lord Rama in battle...

  • I lack selfie esteem

    I lack selfie esteem

    I feel inadequate about one thing. Truly inadequate. I just can’t talk about it

  • I'm Godsmacked!

    I'm Godsmacked!

    Years ago, my playwriting teacher Carl Miller, during a lecture on ‘Where ideas come from’, advised us, “Read, scan and scour the newspapers, they are granaries of juicy tidbits and numerous ideas for potential drama

  • So much ban baaja!

    So much ban baaja!

    I was back in frenetic Mumbai after a trip out of the country. I got off the flight and took in a breath of the city’s familiar, polluted air

  • Where from you?

    Where from you?

    International travel, for us Indians, is getting impossible. The Middle East was a destination of much fascination, till the ISIS closed Damascus down.

  • A commissioner and a gentleman

    A commissioner and a gentleman

    It's been that kind of a fortnight in the city. Before the present state government moved in, I had no idea what a Maharashtra Chief Minister did.

  • Dial M for Mukerjea

    Dial M for Mukerjea

    No one really seems to care about Syrian refugees or servicemen’s pensions or sedition laws or Sensex crashes or Sania’s ‘Khel Ratna’ or the slanging of the Jain community during Prayushan or the shuffling of top cops.

  • Patel Rap on the knuckles

    Patel Rap on the knuckles

    I am half Gujarati. A Patel, actually. Well, my mother is a Patel. So, I am technically a half-Patel. (Or does that make me a full Patel from my mother’s side?) Either way, I am a Patedar